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Thinking 365.....

Every Device, Every Document - Everywhere This is certainly the theme, and the reason Office 365 is such an essential business tool.  It is certainly becoming our best practice to bring clients into the Office 365 environment.  A new campaign from Microsoft helps realise the need for kiwi businesses to adopt this model.  Here at Think I.T. we've used Office 365 to bring... more...

No more Adobe licenses

Well I reported earlier that the options for Adobe licenses and maintenance had shrunk.  The options have shrunk still further as there is no longer going to be any updates to Adobe licensed products and, ongoing, Creative Cloud is your only long term option. Is this a good or bad... more...

Xtra & Yahoo spam problems resurface

Yahoo provides email services for Telecom's Xtra. Way back in in the old days of February Telecom admitted that email accounts had been hacked and asked 60,000 users to change their passwords.  The hackers had gained access to email users address books (at least) and had sent out spam... more...

Adobe Boxed Product to be discontinued

Adobe has released a statement today that it will shortly cease to supply boxed product and such software will only be available while stocks last. This is not as worrying as it sounds as, for some time,  we have recommended licenses instead of the box product for ease of license... more...

Windows 8 Upgrade offer ends soon

This is just a reminder that if you want to take advantage of the $19.95 upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 you need to register at www.windowsupgradeoffer.com before 28th Feb 2013. This is a several GB download and is only valid on a qualifying PC purchased between 2nd June and 31st January.... more...

Autodesk upgrade changes

Autodesk (AutoCAD etc) has 3 purchasing strategies to get latest releases. Buy a new license each time you want a new version, have an annual maintenance plan (which is pretty good value) or pay to upgrade an existing license to a new release. With option 3 the... more...

Adobe release cycles, upgrade and maintenance

Although we can never be truly certain about software release dates Adobe is likely to release new Creative Suites software each year with whole numbers in even years and “x.5” numbers in odd years. This may not apply to individual products such as Acrobat - their version releases are... more...

Windows 8 Reimagine event

Microsoft recently held its Windows 8 and Office 2013 “Reimagine” events for customers and partners in Auckland and around the country. Some of you took time out to attend, but for those who didn’t here is a short summary Microsoft are trying to make PCs, laptops,... more...

Cloudy with a chance of rain....or silence

Twice in June Amazon's Data Centre in North Virginia was knocked out of action. The first outage was on 15th June and caused by a generator fan failure and the second time was over this weekend due to local weather knocking out the power supply. This took out Netflix, Pinterest, Instagram and... more...

Why should I consider Software Assurance on Windows – Part Deux

Run up to Windows 8 time and as usual Microsoft is keen not to stop sales of current machines with boring old Windows 7 while users wait with bated breath for the new Operating System release. So they are offering an upgrade to Windows 8 on release for $19.99 for any Windows 7 PC purchased... more...

Spotify reaches New Zealand- beware bandwidth wastage!

Spotify is releasing its streaming music service in New Zealand. A Free option provides streaming ad-supported music PCs and smart phones, the $7.49 a month Spotify Unlimited gives streaming... more...

No fly for LIon batteries

From May 16th the United States Postal Service (USPS) will no longer ship any item with a Lithium Ion battery due to the danger of in flight explosions on cargo planes. Australian post has had a... more...

Yet another Copyright battle

Yet another Copyright battle, and boy are we sick of the Testosterone fuelled fights by major manufacturers as this just makes our new toys cost more. However this one is different. The... more...

Why should you put Software Assurance on top of Windows 8 Pro?

Microsoft has hinted at the Software Assurance benefits for the Windows 8 platform. If you have a 2 or 3 year renewable Software Assurance agreement on top of an existing Windows Pro license you... more...

Vista Business and Office 2007 retire

Vista Business and Office 2007 retire today – 10th April. What does this mean for you? Security patches will be supplied for another 5 years but no more product development or... more...

Cloud code of practice - progress and what really matters?

In a recent Computerworld article the progress of the much anticipated Cloud Code is revealed and discussed. I grant you this is still a work in progress, but I feel the working group is making... more...

Bring out your dead!

In a previous post I discussed old Operating Systems no longer being supported. There is also the problem of vital applications that will no longer work. In particular most commercial anti-virus... more...

Update me baby

Microsoft ceases to provide support for its old Operating Systems after (a reasonably lengthy) period of time. There are still a lot of old systems out there that are well out of support, but... more...

HP Personal systems group (PSG) and Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) to merge

It was interesting to be at the HP server and storage briefing late last week as the PSG and IPG merger had only been announced 6 hours prior. Even though the storage division is not affected there... more...

Westcon New Zealand awarded EMC “ANZ Distributor of the Year”

Congratulations to Westcon Group’s New Zealand office for being awarded the EMC “ANZ Distributor of the Year Award” at the EMC BizConnect event in Sydney on March 14th. EMC... more...

Mobile handset SIM locking
So how safe is that data in the Cloud?
Shameless 1
'Server huggers' present obstacle to cloud adoption?
If I have 64bit Windows 7 does that mean I should install 64bit Office?
Hard times for Hard drives
Password foolishness
More on patent wars
Yes Dorothy, HP do make PCs
GO THE MIGHTY ALL BLACKS, AGAIN!!!!
Skype integrated into Facebook!
Product review: Sony Ericcson Xperia Arc
GO THE MIGHTY ALL BLACKS!!!!!!
I hate the new version of “X”
GO THE WARRIORS!!!!
Are patent wars harming the development of future products?
Some sensible reportage on the future of cloud computing in NZ
Stop Shouting!
Happy 5th Birthday Cloud!
The candle that burns twice as bright ...
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Ben Seymour
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30-50 users, Think I.T. client since 2000

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HP Global Recall of Power Cords

On August 26, 2014 HP announced a worldwide voluntary recall and replacement program in cooperation with various government regulatory agencies for certain AC power cords used with AC adapters shipped with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers, as well as with AC adapters provided with accessories such as docking stations. These AC power cords were shipped with products...  more...

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Thinking 365.....

Every Device, Every Document - Everywhere This is certainly the theme, and the reason Office 365 is such an essential business tool.  It is certainly becoming our best practice to bring clients into the Office 365 environment.  A new campaign from Microsoft helps realise the need for kiwi businesses to adopt this model.  Here at Think I.T. we've used Office 365 to bring...  more...